About USGC Membership

Becoming a Member – Join the U.S. Grains Council Today!

How Do I Become a Member?

For information on membership, contact the Council’s Membership Department at:

(202) 789-0789

Our mailing address is:

U.S. Grains Council
20 F Street, NW Suite 900
Washington, DC 20001

Or download the Membership Application and email to ezimmerman@grains.org

Why Become A Member?

U.S. Grains Council membership provides a variety of benefits, including:

  • access to strategic market information and market intelligence from our international offices.
  • periodic updates on developments in international markets, Council reports and foreign buyer contact lists.
  • the ability to assist in the direction of Council programs and the development of export markets through participation in Advisory Teams and Council activities.
  • lasting partnerships in foreign marketplace created by educating foreign customers about its members’ goods and services through its website, publications, trade teams, workshops and team visits to the United States.
  • development and facilitation of partnering activities, where the Council and its members each contribute components to advance a strategic market development.
  • leadership opportunities, with the Council bringing together key agribusiness and checkoff leaders to establish domestic business alliances and increase their domestic visibility.
  • increased U.S. grain exports! The efforts of the Council in working to increase exports means more business for U.S. producers and agribusinesses.

Requirements for membership:

  • An interest in our mission – developing markets, enabling trade and improving lives
  • Must have a U.S. mailing address
  • Must agree to adhere by the Council’s rules of conduct and standards
  • Must be an organizational entity such as agribusiness, association, state-based entity, etc – no individual members (each organization has delegates that represent it)
  • Must pay annual dues:
    • introductory fee of $5,000 for first year, $8,000 per year subsequently
    • small agribusiness membership is $4,000 annually
    • checkoff entities membership begins at $6,000
    • general farm organizations membership is $3,000

For more details concerning membership dues, contact Ellen Zimmerman at ezimmerman@grains.org.

New members are subject to Board of Directors approval with submission of a complete application and receipt of payment.

USGC Membership Application

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USGC Membership Application

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